Nigeria’s past leaders have commended President Buhari for steps taken to restore calm and order to the country, after EndSARS protest across the country turned violent.
In a virtual meeting with President Buhari, the former leaders applauded the presidential broadcast, which they described as detailed and soothing to the country.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said the President made valid points in his broadcast, worth commendation.
He also commended the President for acceding to the demands put forward, which the expressed optimism that President would ensure implementationt.
The former heads of state were unanimous in their view that generation of employment and growing the economy, including through direct foreign investments were critical to checking youth restiveness.
They expressed their condolences to bereaved families of civilians, policemen and soldiers killed as a result of violent EndSARS protest.
They condemned the divisive and inciting pronouncements of separatists, adding that such acts should be stopped.
IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu had said in a audio which went viral on social media that he instigated most of the violence that engulfed the country in the last 5 days.
Actions taken by Governors to address the demands of the EndSARS protesters and their efforts to check the excesses of those who perpetrated violent acts and conduct were also commended.
They called on the youth to pursue peaceful means in seeking redress through engagement with government, and encouraged further conversation with the youth and other stakeholders in the country.
President Buhari told the former leaders that he was unhappy that the initial genuine and well-intended protest of the youth was hijacked and misdirected, resulting into tragedy and lawlessness.
The President thanked the former Heads of State for attending the meeting and their invaluable comments, observations and pieces of advice, adding that Nigerians expect nothing less from responsible statesmen.
At the meeting were General Yakubu Gowon, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, General Ibrahim Babangida, Chief Ernest Shonekan, General Abulsalami Abubakar, and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.